Pep sends message to under-fire Man City star

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Pep Guardiola gives instructions to Jack Grealish of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Brentford at Etihad Stadium on February 09, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Pep Guardiola gives instructions to Jack Grealish of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Brentford at Etihad Stadium on February 09, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has sent a message to club-record signing Jack Grealish after his slow start to the season.

The 27-year-old has failed to register a goal or an assist in any of his five appearances across all competitions this season.

Despite his slow start to the campaign, Grealish was still called up to the latest England squad by Gareth Southgate.

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Guardiola, however, is not too concerned about the England international's personal numbers this campaign.

"I know him and I'm more than happy and delighted with what he's doing," Guardiola said, as per the Mirror.

"I don't have any doubts about him, not at all. Now it's just a question of time to get back a little bit of his momentum that he had at the beginning of the season.

"He started really well, but had to stop for a problem in the ankle and we were lucky it was not worse. In the last game, in the final third, he was the only one up front who was making aggressive runs one-against-one, but to make assists he didn't have his mates in the box, so we left him isolated.

"When he was going against the full-back, only Erling [Haaland] was there. [Ilkay] Gundogan was not there, Kevin [De Bruyne] was not there and they should have been there. In the first-half, especially with the ball, we didn't make any movements to help the players who had the ball and give him more possibilities to make it easier."

When asked about the criticism of Grealish, he added, "I don’t talk about that, if they listen to all the comments or the radio.

"Always I say to them, 'You don't have to listen to what people say, whether you played good or bad. You know, and every one of us knows if you did your best on this specific day'."

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